Keeping your furry companions healthy and safe is a top priority for every pet owner. Vaccinations are a crucial part of preventive pet care, safeguarding them from potentially life-threatening diseases. Looking for a veterinarian in Trumbull, CT? Trumbull Animal Hospital offers vaccination services for both dogs and cats. Our experienced veterinarians can ensure your pet receives the necessary protection to stay happy and healthy. 

Pet Vaccinations

Understanding How Pet Vaccinations Work

Vaccines work by introducing your pet's immune system to weakened or inactive forms of disease-causing organisms (pathogens). This "training" allows their immune system to recognize and develop antibodies to fight these specific diseases if they encounter them in the future. In essence, vaccinations help your pet build immunity without experiencing the full-blown illness.

Core and Non-Core Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats

There are two main categories of pet vaccinations: core and non-core.

•             Core vaccinations are essential for all dogs and cats, regardless of lifestyle or environment. These vaccinations protect against widespread and serious diseases.

•             Non-core vaccinations are recommended based on your pet's individual risk factors and lifestyle. For example, a dog who frequently goes to doggy daycare or boarding facilities may benefit from additional vaccinations compared to a strictly indoor dog.

Core Vaccinations for Dogs:

•             Rabies: This deadly viral disease affects the nervous system and is fatal without treatment.

•             Distemper: A highly contagious and potentially fatal disease affecting a dog's respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.

•             Parvovirus: This virus attacks a dog's intestinal tract, causing severe vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.

•             Adenovirus: This virus group can cause respiratory illness and other health problems in dogs.

•             Parainfluenza: This virus contributes to respiratory infections in dogs, often alongside other viruses like canine distemper.

Non-Core Vaccinations for Dogs:

•             Bordetella (kennel cough): A highly contagious respiratory illness in dogs.

•             Leptospirosis: A bacterial disease spread through contact with infected animals or contaminated water.

•             Canine influenza: A respiratory illness caused by a specific influenza virus strain.

•             Lyme disease: A tick-borne bacterial disease that can cause joint pain, fever, and kidney problems.

Core Vaccinations for Cats:

•             Rabies: Just like for dogs, rabies is a deadly disease for cats.

•             Feline calicivirus: This virus causes upper respiratory infections in cats, often accompanied by sneezing, inflammation, and ulcers.

•             Feline panleukopenia (feline distemper): A highly contagious and potentially fatal viral disease affecting a cat's white blood cells and intestinal tract.

•             Feline herpesvirus-1: This virus contributes to upper respiratory infections in cats, often alongside other viruses like feline calicivirus.

•             Feline leukemia (core for kittens): This virus weakens a cat's immune system, making them susceptible to various infections. Vaccination is crucial for kittens as they are more vulnerable.

Non-Core Vaccinations for Cats:

•             Bordetella: Similar to the canine version, this vaccine helps prevent kennel cough in cats.

•             Chlamydia felis: A bacterial infection that can cause conjunctivitis (eye inflammation) in cats.

•             Feline leukemia (cats over a year old): Vaccination for adult cats with outdoor access or exposure to other cats with unknown FeLV status may be recommended.

Contact A Veterinarian Near You

At Trumbull Animal Hospital, we understand the importance of preventive care for your pets' long-term health. Our experienced veterinarians are dedicated to providing comprehensive veterinary services, including vaccinations, to keep your furry friends happy and healthy.

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